Drug cases in Texas have been dismissed after allegations of crime lab errors. The Galveston County District Attorney has already dismissed 30 drug cases after errors were reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Certain drug charges were dismissed because of possible errors that occurred at a Houston crime lab. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported the errors and the district attorney dismissed several cases after learning about possible mishandling of evidence by the crime lab.
The Galveston County District Attorney's Office said that they are still investigating the crime lab to see what errors may have occurred and why. They also said that they are reviewing the evidence submitted to the crime lab to see if it can be retested or not, which could result in new drug charges against the individuals who had their cases dismissed.
Crime lab errors have continued to occur throughout the country. The increase of forensic crime lab errors are usually a result of DNA test that clears a defendant who was originally found guilty based on faulty or inaccurate lab results. Reports have found that several crime labs throughout the country are biased against suspects because many crime labs have incentives for helping prosecutors win convictions. The Innocent Project reported that roughly half of all wrongful convictions in the U.S. used DNA testing to prove their innocence and showed just how biased some crime labs are.
The increase in crime lab errors shows the importance of working with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Individuals charged with a drug crime or other criminal offense should fight for their rights and innocence, even when forensic crime labs may state they have evidence that points to your guilt.
Source: The Daily News, "Drug cases dismissed after testing questioned," Chris Paschenko, Dec. 27, 2012
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